Resource Database

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The Illinois Quality Afterschool team has created this resource database to help you and your staff provide high-quality 21st CCLC programming. Browse or search the database to find the latest information on afterschool research, best practices, tools, conference proceedings, policy briefs, professional development tools, and activities.

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College and Career Pathways
The National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks has a collection of resources on college and career pathways available free of charge on their website. Resources include an overview on the importance of college and career pathways and strategies and publications that afterschool practitioners can employ to help their students become college and career ready.

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College and Career Readiness
Common Core State Standard Professional Learning Videos
The PBS LearningMedia website has a series of professional learning resources on Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics. The resources include model instructional best practices, information about assessments, and an in-depth explanation of the standards. Resources for both content areas were produced by the Tennessee public television stations.

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Academic Enrichment
Computing and Engineering in Afterschool
The number of jobs requiring proficiency in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is projected to grow by 17 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is almost double the growth of non-STEM occupations. Published by the Afterschool Alliance, this issue brief explores how afterschool programs can take advantage of their flexible learning environments to help students develop STEM skills. The brief also discusses underrepresented populations in STEM careers and the current state of K–12 computing and engineering education.

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Academic Enrichment
Connected Learning
Afterschool programs are considered pioneers in applying a connected learning approach—creating a learning environment for students that builds on their interests; introduces them to new passions; provides mentors and a supportive peer network; and links this engagement to academics, careers, and civic participation. Afterschool Programs: Inspiring Students with a Connected Learning Approach, a report from the Afterschool Alliance, discusses the role of afterschool programs in connected learning. It also provides examples of afterschool programs that are offering connected learning opportunities that join together their students’ interests, peer networks, and academics, as well as key takeaways from programs.

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Afterschool Enrichment
Connecting Families to Learning Opportunities Beyond School Hours
The transition to kindergarten is a time when children begin to take part in an increasing number of learning settings—both in and outside of school. For this reason, connecting families to out-of-school learning settings, such as libraries and afterschool programs, is critical. The video The Transition to Afterschool: One City's Approach to Connecting Young Children and Their Families to Learning and Enrichment Opportunities demonstrates how Cambridge, Massachusetts, is helping to connect families to afterschool learning and enrichment opportunities prior to school entry.

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Family and Community Engagement
Considerations for ESSA’s Non-Academic Indicator
Presented by American Youth Policy Forum, this brief shares key takeaways from a recent forum in which leaders and researchers in the field of SEL (social-emotional learning) practice, youth engagement, and school climate discussed ESSA’s non-academic indicators of student achievement and their inclusion in state accountability systems. An overview of the forum is also available on the American Youth Policy Forum website.

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Social-Emotional Learning
Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Community Organizations and Leaders
This Fact Sheet presented by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides practical ways in which community support providers can help families in their own community during a major economic crisis. The step-by-step guide shows community organizations how to help create a sense of safety, calm the nerves of citizens who feel angry or hopeless, build up self-efficacy and community efficacy, promote connectedness, and foster hope. Providers can help to build up their struggling community so that everyone benefits.

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Diverse Learners
Create Your Own Case Toolkit: Building Your Family Engagement Skills and Knowledge
This toolkit from the Harvard Family Research Project helps practitioners write their own cases—or situation summaries—about family engagement experiences. The theory is that writing the cases will help you—and others—learn more about family engagement. The toolkit includes steps that practitioners can follow to write a case, with related exercises, a collection of family engagement cases that can be used for inspiration and guidance, and a facilitator’s guide to help you use the toolkit in a professional development setting.

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Family and Community Engagement
Creating a Community of Practice to Support English Language Learner Literacy
Learning Together: Creating a Community of Practice to Support English Language Learner Literacy” is a case study that examines an afterschool, bilingual family literacy program that brought together several groups to form a community of practice. The community of practice worked to support the literacy development of English language learners and their families.

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Academic Enrichment
Creating a Community of Practice to Support English Language Learner Literacy
“Learning Together: Creating a Community of Practice to Support English Language Learner Literacy” is a case study that examines an afterschool, bilingual family literacy program that brought together several groups to form a community of practice. The community of practice worked to support the literacy development of English language learners and their families. The authors explore the degree to which parents, teachers, students, and other school personnel interact within an afterschool family literacy program and learn from each other as a community of practice. They found that family literacy nights offered opportunities for collaboration among different communities of practice that did not exist during the regular school day. They suggest that participating in family literacy nights can be an important way to connect various school-based groups to one another and to linguistically diverse families, creating a community of practice united by participants' shared interest in literacy development. The article is published in the journal Language, Culture and Curriculum.

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Five Ways to Build Strong Relationships with Families

In a fast-paced culture, where families are busy and sometimes overwhelmed with job and school responsibilities, family engagement is still important. National AfterSchool Association’s professional development series, Talk Tuesday, offers new materials to guide an afterschool staff training session on family engagement. This resource focuses on five quick techniques that help afterschool practitioners build strong relationships with families.
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You for Youth College and Career Readiness Resources

Provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s 21st CCLC web portal, this You for Youth online professional learning course explores ways to incorporate college and career readiness into 21st CCLC afterschool and summer programs. Learn how to use existing activities to build and reinforce skills, work with stakeholders to strengthen your program, tap into various funding sources, and help families become more informed.
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